Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif visit with Julie Bishop
Dear Julie Bishop,
As the President of Sydney Atheists, I would like to bring your attention to the millions, yes millions of Atheists in Iran.
In Iran it is against the religious laws to become an atheist. Such
behaviour is considered as apostasy and blasphemous, and any such
declaration by a former Muslim risks at the least lost work opportunities, isolation,
imprisonment and potentially death. As such, Atheists have to hide their beliefs
I understand that you either have or will raise the issue of Baha'is in Iran. That is to be commended. Please
be aware, however, that the number of Atheists in Iran is far greater
than the number of Baha'is and their suffering is at least as bad.
Indeed, the Iranian theocracy looks more kindly on any godly belief than
on the denial of gods.
We have a very significant number of Persian (Iranian) Atheists in our
community. They fear for those of their family and friends still in
Iran. They also fear for their safety should they exercise and
express their freedom of belief or non-belief in Shia Islam and wish to
visit their families and friends in that country.
I plead with you on behalf of Atheist Persians in Iran, Australia and
around the world to encourage the Iranian Government to allow freedom of belief, conscience and
tolerance in Iran.
President Sydney Atheists